I famosi mercati generali parigini, Les Halles, sono il grande protagonista del romanzo, pubblicato nel 1873 e terzo del ciclo dei Rougon-Macquart: «Un gigantesco ventre di metallo, inchiavardato, saldato, fatto di legno, vetro e ferro». Questa moderna “natura morta”, traboccante di cibo, satura di odori penetranti, livida di contrasti violenti tra opulenza e miseria, fa da cornice alle vicende di due fratelli. Florent è un ex rivoluzionario rientrato clandestinamente a Parigi dopo aver scontato la prigionia alla Cayenne per i suoi trascorsi giacobini: dall’Impero ha avuto solo deportazione e fame. Quenu è un agiato charcutier delle Halles: l’Impero ha reso possibile la sua scalata sociale e gli ha aperto le porte della piccola borghesia mercantile. Gli astratti furori del giovane idealista sono destinati alla sconfitta nello scontro con il torpore ipocrita e soddisfatto di chi è dedito solo alla ricerca e alla difesa del proprio benessere. Mentre celebra la potenza e il trionfo dell’Impero, Il ventre di Parigi denuncia l’egoismo e la viltà della borghesia francese ai tempi di Napoleone iii, corrotta da due vizi antichi: il denaro e l’arrivismo.
- ISBN: 8811361338
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 320
The cover of this novel should come with a warning. Well, may be not even just a warning, for it should be sold with a calorie counter. I am afraid I may have put on several kilos while reading this. Perhaps it would be advisable to read it while running on the treadmill. The lush descriptions of su Leggi tutto
I’ve challenged myself to read the classic Rougon-Macquart book series by Émile Zola - in order. The Belly of Paris is the third of twenty novels, so it’ll take a while :) The books tell compelling human stories and are down to earth and realistic in style. They provide a fascinating and authentic sn Leggi tutto
Zola leaves us with a timeless description of Les Halles as it was before the current 20y construction mess that it has become. For several centuries, this area in the center of Paris was a thriving marketplace for all Parisians and this novel was a magnificent tribute to the various people that mad Leggi tutto
A gastronomic extravaganza for all carnivorous turophiles, the third novel in the Rougon-Macquart series is an impeccably translated parleyvous into the prickly purlieus of mid-1800s Paree, starring more big-bosomed bitchy fishwives than a Shetlandic wharf. The naive Florent is our luckless hero, pl Leggi tutto
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Zola gives us both sides of the famous food markets in Paris, the sublime to the disgusting, and sometimes in the space of one sentence of his flowing prose. The descriptive passages are so visual they are like viewing paintings. At times they seem to almost literally soar: at the start of one chapt Leggi tutto
I hadn’t read Zola in years (“Thérèse Raquin” was forced on me in college and it left a bitter taste in my mouth – despite the fact that I barely remember anything about it now), but last year, I binged-read everything Anthony Bourdain wrote, and he mentions “The Belly of Paris” over and over again Leggi tutto
I read in another review that The Belly of Paris was Anthony Bourdain’s favourite novel. One can see why. The whole novel is permeated with the sounds and, particularly, the smells of fish, meat, blood and earthy vegetables. It’s nourishment in the cruder sense of existence. Zola takes on this setti Leggi tutto
3.5 stars I was both glutted, and gutted, by this third novel in les Rougon Macquart series, for the book swings from utter starvation to a surfeit of every imaginable food. It is Zola's intent to demonstrate the gluttony of state by juxtaposing it against the misery of the working poor; in both cas Leggi tutto
I’m not going to lie: I was on the verge of giving up when I reached Chapter Three. The revolting description of the putrid smells of the Central Markets (present-day Les Halles), while evincing Zola’s extraordinary keen observation of details and his skills with words, was a major turn-off. I think Leggi tutto
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